Kibble & Prentice
3.1 of 5 9 reviews
www.kpcom.com Seattle, WA 150 to 499 Employees

Kibble & Prentice Reviews

Updated Jan 26, 2014

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57% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Exceptionally kind people, but management is overly secretive.

Senior Account Manager (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA

I worked at Kibble & Prentice full-time for more than 3 years

ProsFantastic people, excellent reputation in the community.

ConsNo story from management is ever the whole truth or even a version of it. The rumor mill gets going and a little transparency from management would help to shut it down, but that's not the approach that is taken.
Very few career progression opportunities.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe more open and if something can't be shared, say so instead of making up some odd story.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great company to work for

Business Analyst Intern (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA

I worked at Kibble & Prentice as an intern for less than a year

ProsThere is defintily a work hard, play hard culture at K&P. Management has an open door policy and are always willing to help if you need it.

ConsSome employees were given more work than they could handle and ended up working very long hours during busy season

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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No opportunity for advancement for Account Managers

Account Manager (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA

I worked at Kibble & Prentice full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood location downtown, good people except for the P&C managers. The company was purchased by USI/Goldman Sacks several years ago and now GS is selling USI. The CEO and the top managers stand to benefit from the sale but no one else will.

ConsWomen are not promoted and the pay divide between Account Executives and Account Managers is above the national average. Very hard to move from an account manager job (all women) to an Account Executive position (all men)

Advice to Senior ManagementReward your employees on merit and not on gender.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great people and a decent place to work

Account Manager (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA

I worked at Kibble & Prentice full-time for more than 3 years

ProsThey offer a good work/life balance. Big focus on community giving and volunteering. Great group of people to work with. The employees tend to have a strong understanding of the industry and are available to help answer questions.

ConsLimited growth opportunity, pay isn’t very competitive with the industry. Not a large focus on employee development.

Advice to Senior ManagementImplement programs to develop and retain your talented employees.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Forget work/life balance

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA

I worked at Kibble & Prentice

ProsGood office location, beautiful building with many onsite conveniences, such as dry cleaning, coffee shops, and places to eat.

ConsSaying K&P has office politics is an understatement. The only way to get ahead is to pawn your work off on others and spend your days sucking up to management. Those that work hard are passed over, while those that spend days in the office having long lunches, drinking after work, and gossiping are rewarded with raises and promotions. Yes, insurance is a sales industry, but the producers aren't going to be able to service those accounts and keep the clients happy without quality support staff. An AM, AA,. BS or EA shouldn't have to "play the game" but should be focusing on good service.

Heaven forbid you are a parent (or - gasp - a single parent) and expect work/life balance. K&P is old school, and very good ole' boys in their thinking. Most of the producers and management have stay at home spouses or nannies, and can't relate, and don't really care, about those employees with fewer resources that need to be home before daycare closes, or have sick kids to care for.

HR is a joke, they don't care about protecting the employees' rights, only with protecting the company from liability.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop rewarding sub-par performers simply because they are good looking or good at kissing rear ends.

K&P used to be a prestigious place to work that felt like an extended family. Now, your competitors are flooded with resumes from your staff trying to jump ship.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Too much office politics!

Account Manager (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA

I worked at Kibble & Prentice

ProsNice downtown location
Had a team of employees who did fun events for employees
HR seemed like they wanted to help employees

ConsTerrible office politics
Not very good benefits
Management not very communicative
Had sales guys who didn't know anything about insurance!

Advice to Senior ManagementBetter benefits - especially since the company has a benefits brokerage business!
Find a way to get rid of the office politics

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Like Most Places, It's a Mixed Bag

Consultant (Current Employee)
Seattle, WA

I have been working at Kibble & Prentice

Pros* Quarterly company update meetings
* Good location in downtown Seattle
* Pay is slightly above average
* Founder of company still works here

Cons* Sales oriented culture / organization - all about new business to the regular detriment of ongoing administration
* Not much communication between departments

Advice to Senior Management* Better communication to employees
* More obvious career paths
* Better career enhancement opportunities (training, certificiations, etc.)
* More team-building opportunities
* Better training for managers (currently none)

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Kibble & Prentice is an OK place to work

Account Manager (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA

I worked at Kibble & Prentice

ProsKibble has fair compensation and, depending on the department, lots of opportunities. Their benefits are a little bit lower than average for Seattle but they have changed them several times with the USI merger.

ConsEach department is different. Some have very high turnover, some very little.

Advice to Senior ManagementCommuicate with non-management team members more.

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Great place to work!

Intern (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA

I worked at Kibble & Prentice

ProsGreat atmosphere, learning opportunities are open to anyone willing to learn. Company "perks" are great: transportation/parking paid for, quarterly company updates/parties. Communication throughout the company is clear from the top down. People are really friendly and there is a great sense of community among co-workers. They do a lot for the community, are involved in many charities, and clients are really happy with their service levels.

ConsMy position was only an internship where there was no position for me to continue.

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't change a thing!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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